John M. Rector


This paper presents a sample dialogue which has been used effectively in psychotherapy with Latter-day Saint (LDS) clients who suffer from the belief that their worth as individuals is based on their preformance (i.e., "conditional self-worth"). The dialogue makes use of LDS theology and strategic questioning in order to dispute and ultimately replace the client's paradigm of conditional self-worth with beliefs in unconditional human worth. The dialogue is considered as one component of a larger religio-psychotherapeutic approach which has as its goal increasing flexible, rational thinking, including the belief that all human beings have unconditional worth.